Conti Cup Final: Guide

Saturday, 5 March 2022

Preview to the Conti Cup Final match up between Chelsea and Manchester City


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The FA Women’s League Cup (Conti Cup) final takes place on Saturday (kick off 5:15pm GMT) between Chelsea and Manchester City at The Cherry Red Records Stadium. After playing each other numerous times in cup semi-finals over the years, this will be the first time they have ever meet in a final. Chelsea have won the Conti Cup the last two seasons (and two times in total) and Emma Hayes side will be looking to make it three in a row. Manchester City have won this cup three times before, the last occasion being in 2019. It has to be decided on the day so there will be extra-time then penalties if the scores are level at the end of 90/120 minutes. The match has sold out but there is live coverage on BBC2 and on the radio in the UK and on the FA Player around the world. Road to Wimbledon Gareth Taylor’s Manchester City started in the group stage after going out of the Champions League early. They opened by beating Everton 5-1 (Weir, Shaw, Hemp, Park, White the goalscorers) before winning 3-0 (Angeldal, Weir, Beckie) against Durham. They lost a Manchester derby 1-2 (Losada) to United before completing the group stage with a 5-0 (White, Hemp x 2, Stanway x 2) win away against Leicester. In the quarter-finals they played Bristol City and won 3-1 (Shaw x 2, Losada) and then beat Tottenham 3-0 (Park, Shaw, Hemp) in the semi-finals. Chelsea entered the competition at the quarter-finals stage where they played West Ham away and won 4-2 (Harder x 3, Cuthbert). In the semi-finals they played Manchester United at home and won 3-1 (Harder, Fleming, Carter getting the goals).

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Form Both had good wins in the FA Cup last weekend with Chelsea winning 7-0 against Leicester whilst Manchester City beat Man United 4-1. Chelsea go into the final unbeaten in their last eight matches in all competitions whilst Man City have only lost once in their last twelve. That one defeat was away to Chelsea a month ago when they lost 1-0 with Guro Reiten getting the goal. They have also meet on two other occasions this season at the Academy Stadium in Manchester with Chelsea winning last season’s FA Cup semi-final 3-0 at the end of October and then also winning the WSL match 4-0 a few weeks later. Players to watch out for Both squads are stacked with world class (and a fair few Lionesses) players! Chelsea have the likes of Millie Bright, Sophie Ingle, Ji, Fran Kirby, Jessie Fleming, Sam Kerr and Pernile Harder amongst their ranks. Manchester City can call upon the likes of Ellie Roebuck, Lucy Bronze, Alex Greenwood, Keira Walsh, Georgia Stanway, Lauren Hemp and Ellen White. There literally are too many players to mention here who you should be watching out for in the final!

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Venue The final is taking place at AFC Wimbledon’s home ground, The Cherry Red Records Stadium. The ground opened in November 2020 as AFC Wimbledon’s new home. It is an all seated and covered stadium with a capacity of 9,215. If using public transport, the closest stations are Haydons Road (10/15 mins walk) and Earlsfield (15/20 mins walk). The nearest underground stations are Tooting Broadway which is about a 20 minute walk and Wimbledon Park (20/25 mins walk). The main Wimbledon station and town centre are about a 25/30 minute walk from the ground. The 493 bus goes along Plough Lane by the ground (Wimbledon Stadium stop) whilst the 44, 77 and 270 buses go along Garratt Lane fairly close by. Officials The referee for the final is Lisa Benn and her assistants are Mel Burgin and Lucy-Anne Briggs. The fourth official is Emily Heaslip and the reserve assistant referee is Chloe-Ann Anderson.

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Coverage The final is live on BBC2 in the UK, coverage starts at 4:50pm GMT, and there is coverage around the rest of the world on the FA Player. In the UK there is also radio commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra and Talksport 2.

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